Rudolph Walker, O.B.E was one of the first black actors in sitcom and broke many barriers as a performer. Working extensively in theatre and becoming the first black person to star in a major television series.
Walker, who arrived in Britain in 1960, established himself as a performer by working in repertory theatres across the country in the 1960s including the Mermaid Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and the Malvern Theatre.
Rudolph got his break in 1972 when he was cast as the main character in the television series, “Love Thy Neighbour” a Sitcom about a black couple who moved next door to a white couple. The show highlighted the ignorant notions each man had about each other.
Although the show was considered controversial for its use of racist language, it was a popular series that was unprecedented on television at the time.
Rudolph continued to work in theatre, performing at the Tricycle, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Royal Court and the Young Vic.
He also appears regularly on the BBC television soap opera, Eastenders and had a place in the 2003/2004 BBC sitcom “The Crouches” as well as appearing on ” The thin Blue Line” alongside Rowan Atkinson.